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City of CT flushes claims tourists behind surge in water usage

The City says the spike occurred in the second week of January when schools and industry re-opened and not during the festive season.

Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has rubbished claims that a surge in visitors to the city contributed to high water usage over the festive season.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says peak water usage did not take place between mid-December and early January when visitor numbers were at its highest.

The spike occurred in the second week of this month when schools and industry re-opened after the Christmas break.

The City is trying to curtail water usage to 800 million litres per day.

“It’s unfortunate that there’s perception created that somehow having this active tourist industry is negative for us. I don’t think that the impact to our water usage is that significant, and the benefits to our economy are so enormous.”

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)